Getting your happy ending. Erich Schwer proposal to Gabby Windey during the season 19 finale of High school on Tuesday, September 20.
“When I met you, I was immediately 100 percent myself. I have never met anyone with whom I felt so comfortable, with such a deep connection. I felt like I really knew you for years,” Erich said. “I didn’t know it, but I had met my soulmate. You finally broke down your barriers, and I think our relationship transcended to this level of insanity. … You literally make me feel like I’m the only person in the world. And I will fight every day for the rest of my life to keep that feeling. I love you, Gaby Windey. You are amazing. You are the most amazing person I have ever met. It’s you and me until the wheels fall off. I am madly in love with you and I want to spend the rest of my life with you.”
Although the New Jersey native was Gabby’s last suitor heading into the finale, the duo overcame a lot of tension in recent weeks. During the September 13 episode, Erich hinted that he wasn’t ready to ask the question.
“He said, ‘I want to continue dating you,’ so that doesn’t scream, ‘I want to propose,’” Gabby said near the end of the first part of the finale. “I don’t want to force him to make a decision.” Speaking to the producers, she asked, “What am I supposed to do, walk away because he doesn’t want to propose to me?”
The drama continued off-camera as well, with Erich apologizing after a photo surfaced showing him in blackface several years ago.
“I sincerely apologize for the insensitive photo of me in Blackface from my high school yearbook that has been making the rounds,” he wrote via Instagram on September 8. “What I thought at the time was a representation of my love for Jimi Hendrix, it was nothing. but ignorance. I was naive to the harmful implications of my actions for the Black community and those closest to me, and I will forever regret my offensive and harmful behavior. I am deeply ashamed of my actions and understand that my apology is only the first step in taking responsibility.”
By this time, Erich was already the latest suitor pursuing Gabby. The ICU nurse removed johnny dephillipo during the September 5 episode after he said he wasn’t ready to propose to her, while jason alabaster he left the show after their date night.
Days before the end, Erich was in the news again when Amanda Kaylor he alleged that he broke up with her to go on the show. In text messages Amanda shared with @BachelorNation.Scoop, Erich allegedly told his ex that her time on the show wouldn’t be “real.”
The duo reportedly dated from January to March after meeting on Hinge. Amanda claimed that Erich told her that he felt “stuck in my career” and wanted a change, which is why she decided to sign up for the ABC reality show.
The couple didn’t speak again until July, the same month that the 19th season of High school premiered “I’m so sorry Amanda, what I did was terrible. I don’t expect you to ever forgive me,” Erich allegedly wrote on July 10. “I just want you to know that I think of you all the time and that you truly deserve the best. I will never forgive myself, I hope you find happiness and everything you deserve.
At the time, neither Gabby nor Erich publicly addressed the allegations.